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Looking for a mobo from $180-220 with 2 eSATA ports

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October 2, 2012 4:58:39 AM

Looking for a decent mobo for an i5 3570k with 2 eSATA ports for around $180-220. My computer I built last year was broken in shipment so USPS is paying for a new one.

Found GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard but I'm not sure if there's a better alternative for gaming.

Previously had a GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard but these are discontinued and I may as well go with a Z77 from what I've read so far.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
a b V Motherboard
October 2, 2012 11:05:48 AM

the ud3h is probably the way to go. my other recommendation would be the ud5h but only has 1
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October 2, 2012 3:01:02 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the ud3h is probably the way to go. my other recommendation would be the ud5h but only has 1


Well if i were to go with the ud5h, what would be the benefits over the ud3h? I see it has a few more sata 3 ports, a different audio chipset (although I've only used realtek and not VIA VT2021 before), a bunch of usb headers, and 2 powered usb ports instead of usb 3. Oh and I almost forgot, 2 ethernet ports. Not sure of the benefit of that specifically, but Im sure some people love it. Am I missing anything? Just wondering the benefits of the ud5h over the ud3h.
a b V Motherboard
October 2, 2012 3:10:27 PM

you get more power phases, more sata ports, a slightly richer IO and thats about it
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